Twisty the Clown Strikes in New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Trailer

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We got a nice glimpse of all the main players in American Horror Story: Freak Show’s first trailer, but just wait until you see them in action.  This new 60-second promo offers up a significant amount of footage featuring Sarah Paulson walking around as conjoined sisters, Bette and Dot, Evan Peters as a “Lobster Boy” with an attitude, quite a bit of the world’s smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, and, perhaps best of all, our first good look at John Carroll Lynch as the season 4 villain, Twisty the Clown.

Not only does the new preview continue to prove that a freak show is the ideal setting for the season, giving Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and their team license to go as big as they want, but it could also make Freak Show the series’ most beautiful season yet.  The footage here doesn’t just boast shock value; it looks good.  Even at the rapid-fire trailer pace, it’s abundantly clear that Freak Show is brimming with mesmerizingly vibrant imagery.  Hit the jump to check it all out for yourself in the new American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer.

New AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Character Posters; Ryan Murphy Concerned Twisty is Too Scary

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Ready for a more detailed look at the full American Horror Story: Freak Show lineup?  (Well, minus Twisty.)  FX just unleashed 11 brand new images showing off all of the main players.  We’ve got Jessica Lange’s Elsa Mars, Sarah Paulson’s Bette and Dot, and our very first look at Emma Roberts as Maggie Esmerelda, Wes Bentley as Edward Mordrake and Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott as well.

Hit the jump to check out those new American Horror Story: Freak Show character posters and to read about creator Ryan Murphy’s fear that the villain, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), might be too scary for some.  The show is set to return on October 8th on FX.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Trailer Dances Around the Characters

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I’m not sure how I feel about American Horror Story: Freak Show and don’t know whether I should be excited or not.  I started off in love with last year’s Coven series (aka Season 3) but fell out of love and into hate with it sometime about the 6th episode.  The fatal flaw?  You can’t keep killing characters and bringing them back, it utterly robs the show of stakes.  Also I almost feel like they don’t even outline their seasons, which means everything starts off with a pleasant “go for broke” attitude and then… breaks.

I’ll still give Freak Show a shot though, hopefully they’ve course corrected.  The fourth season will take place in Jupiter, Florida in 1952, right when Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) moves her freak show into the neighborhood.  The gang includes Kathy Bates’ bearded lady, Michael Chiklis’ strongman, Sarah Paulson’s conjoined twins and John Carroll Lynch as the villain, Twisty the clown killer.  Hit the jump for the full trailer.  American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on FX on October 8th.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Poster Reveals the Main Characters

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We’ve got a pretty good sense of who’s coming back for the fourth season of American Horror Story and how they’ll fit into the narrative, but thanks to a brand new piece of cast art, we’ve got even more details to share.

It’s an image that shows Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters in all their freak show glory.  Hit the jump to check out the brand new American Horror Story: Freak Show poster and get a preview of their looks.  Patti LaBelle, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock and Emma Roberts are all MIA in this one, but hopefully we’ll get some promo art of their characters as well as we approach the show’s October 8th debut.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 4 Will Be Titled FREAK SHOW; Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and More Returning [Updated]

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The subtitle for the upcoming fourth season of the FX horror drama anthology series American Horror Story has been revealed.  There have been rumors for months that season four of the stylistic thriller would take place at a carnival, and it appears that those rumors weren’t far off as today creator Ryan Murphy unveiled the full title: American Horror Story: Freak Show.  The cast has yet to be announced, but it was previously made known that this will be Jessica Lange’s final season with the series, so one imagines Murphy will send her off with a bang.  Hit the jump for more, including what we know so far about season four.

[Update: An official logline has been released, along with some casting news.  More after the jump.]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt May Lead Zemeckis’ TO REACH THE CLOUDS, Emile Hirsch Joins TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, and Sarah Paulson Set for CAROL

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We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to get to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be leading the next live-action feature from director Robert Zemeckis, the biopic To Reach the Clouds.
  • Emile Hirsch has joined the young ensemble cast of American Splendor directors Bob Pulcini and Shari Berman’s coming-of-age indie Ten Thousand Saints.
  • Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) has joined the impressive cast of Todd Haynes’ latest film Carol.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned films and casting.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actress – Could Jennifer Lawrence Play the Spoiler?

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Though there’s normally a fairly agreed-upon shortlist of contenders for each Oscar category before the nominations are announced, every year has its fair share of surprises.  More often than not, these occur in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories, and it could very well happen again this year.  Though the general lack of well-written female characters tends to result in a thin crop of contenders for the Best Supporting Actress category, there are no doubt a number of excellent supporting female performances to thumb through in 2013.  The contenders range from fresh newcomers to acting veterans, and the ever-popular Jennifer Lawrence has made a late surge thanks to David O. Russell’s American Hustle finally being unveiled.

In this edition of Oscar Beat, we examine the current state of the Best Supporting Actress category.  Read on after the jump.

Sarah Paulson Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, How Much Crazier Things Will Get, Her Thoughts on ASYLUM, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and More

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I have to admit that I’m loving American Horror Story: Coven, not just because it’s the season of the witches, but because it’s also very much the season of the bad-ass women, with the likes of Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone joining Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson.  With Marie Laveau (Bassett) unleashing her wrath on Madame Lalaurie (Bates), Fiona (Lange) adding to the body count, and Cordelia (Paulson) being attacked, the secrets, lies and mysteries are mounting, and there’s just no telling where things will go next.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Sarah Paulson talked about her thoughts on how Asylum turned out, the extraordinary women who are on this season, being less physically and mentally exhausted this time around, how challenging things will get for Cordelia, that her attacker will remain a mystery for now (she has speculated about who it could be, but has no idea), the involvement of the Council of Witchcraft, and just how much crazier things will continue to get.  She also talked about the Oscar buzz for 12 Years A Slave, which she’s very proud to be a part of, and her hope that she’ll be able to continue to find a balance between working in film, television and theater.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

12 YEARS A SLAVE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  12 Years a Slave opens today in limited release.]

It’s easy to draw the lines regarding slavery in America as “good” and “evil” where the enslavers were evil and everyone else was good. When the issue of slavery culminated in the Civil War, the battle lines were drawn between the “good” north and the “evil” south. As long as we know someone else is to blame for the evil in the world, then we remove all culpability from ourselves. With unflinching, heart-wrenching honesty, Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s memoir 12 Years a Slave shows that the issue of slavery wasn’t as simple as black-and-white. There were shades of grey regarding slavery even among slaves. The vileness of slavery isn’t in question, and McQueen shows it in all its ugliness. He shows slavery to the point of how it not only wears away a person’s body, but also their identity and even their soul. The exploration in 12 Years a Slave is into the culpability of all men and women, free and slave, in this unquestionable shame.

22 New Images from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Featuring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and More

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October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near.  After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.”  This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches.  By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela BassettEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah PaulsonTaissa FarmigaFrances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

First Clip and New Images from 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender

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Fox Searchlight has released the first clip from 12 Years a Slave.  The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The clip features one of the film’s more potent scenes where Solomon, before he’s kidnapped and sold into slavery, chooses to turn a blind-eye to the heinous institution.

Hit the jump to check out the clip along with some new images.  The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt12 Years a Slave opens on October 18th.  Click here to read my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF 2013: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 99 days ago

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It’s easy to draw the lines regarding slavery in America as “good” and “evil” where the enslavers were evil and everyone else was good.  When the issue of slavery culminated in the Civil War, the battle lines were drawn between the “good” north and the “evil” south.  As long as we know someone else is to blame for the evil in the world, then we remove all culpability from ourselves.  With unflinching, heart-wrenching honesty, Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s memoir 12 Years a Slave shows that the issue of slavery wasn’t as simple as black-and-white.  There were shades of grey regarding slavery even among slaves.  The evil of slavery isn’t in question, and McQueen shows it in all its ugliness.  He shows slavery to the point of how it not only wears away a person’s body, but also their identity and even their soul.  The exploration in 12 Years a Slave is into the culpability of all men and women, free and slave, in this unquestionable evil.

First Featurette for Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt

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Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave received massive acclaimed when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and now the first featurette for the film has been released.  The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The featurette contains plenty of new footage, and listened to the interviews, it looks like they’ve stayed pretty close to the source material.  I read the book earlier this year, and found it to be revelatory and emotional, and I couldn’t understand why it’s not on middle school reading lists alongside Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  It’s a powerful story, and it looks like it will be a powerful movie.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt12 Years a Slave will play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on October 18th.

First Trailer and Poster for 12 YEARS A SLAVE Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch

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The first trailer for director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) historical drama 12 Years a Slave has been released online.  Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  Ejiofor’s performance as Northup is every bit as hopeful as Michael Fassbender’s plantation owner Edwin Epps is terrifying.  It’s easy to get caught up in early Oscar talk from this trailer, but let’s not forget how socially relevant Northup’s story is today, even 150 years later.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Benedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt.  12 Years a Slave opens on October 18th.

First Images from TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE Featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch

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The first images from director Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated new film Twelve Years a Slave have arrived.  Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) plays Northup, an educated and married black man living in 1853 New York.  Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade.  The film boasts a wildly impressive ensemble cast and marks McQueen’s follow-up feature after the critically acclaimed 2011 drama Shame, and so we’ve been looking forward to this one for quite some time.  Ejiofor looks fittingly intense as the film’s lead, but it’s the menacing Michael Fassbender who stands out in these debut images as a slave owner.  With this debut set of photos hitting today, we should see a trailer for Twelve Years a Slave soon.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad PittTwelve Years a Slave opens on December 27th.

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